Screening Employees for Drugs and Alcohol

Written by NationSearch Information on November 29, 2017

Drug and alcohol screening employees pre-hire has become more relvant in today's business world.

Prevention is always the best policy: if your company does not conduct drug and alcohol screening, it may be time to start.


 

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 Essential points to consider if you're on the fence about substance testing:

  1. Helps safeguard customers, employees, and your business as a whole.
  2. Builds a solid workforce in terms of performance standards and overall employee conduct.
  3. Many positions have mandatory drug screening requirements, while other positions where drug screens are not required should still have them as part of company policy to dissuade and minimize drugs in the workplace.
  4. Should a drug-related accident occur, companies with sound drug screening policies and procedures are more likely to avoid incidents, lawsuits, and penalties based on employer negligence.

"A raised blood alcohol level while at work jeopardises both effciency and safety by increasing the likelihood of mistakes, errors of judgement, and accident proneness. There are no precise fgures of the number of workplace accidents attributable to alcohol. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimated that up to 40% of accidents at work involve or are related to alcohol use." Read more on statistics and even policy soltutions from the Institute of Alcohol Studies here.

"According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace costs employers $81 billion annually. Nearly 7 percent of adults employed full time and 9 percent of those employed part time currently use illegal drugs (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA). More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold some type of job (American Council of Drug Education). In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 60 percent of adults know someone who has come to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs." Get more great facts from Quest Diagnostics here.

Per the EEOC, you can also find out what your rights are as an employer here.

 


 A related article from NationSearch: Understanding Addiction 

Topics: Background Screening Education

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